LEPHALALE — “If I arrest one person for drunken driving, I spend 30 to 40 minutes on the scene.
I have other cases to attend to as well. When we open a case of drunken driving, we arrest the person, open a docket, record him, take him to the hospital for a blood test and back to the police station. This takes three to four hours. If four members are busy with a docket of drunken driving, the other complainants complain that the police are not attending to their cases” Col. Daniel Ramakgoakgoa, Lephalale station commander said during the meeting of the community policing forum (CPF) last Thursday.
Lofty Fourie, a CPF member, commented that the police can’t use that as an excuse. “You cannot allow a person to walk free because you think doing the necessary work is going to take time” he said.
Thys Eloff, chairperson of the CPF said that drastic actions have to be taken regarding the lack of efficiency of some of the police members.
The community is encouraged to contact Col. Ramakgoakgoa at 082 414 2724.